Brunch in Koreatown? Yes, it’s a thing now, thanks to two recently debuted menus from Beer Belly and The Line Hotel’s Commissary. Don’t expect the usual mimosa-and-omelet menu at either of these places, as Beer Belly chef Wes Lieberher and Commissary chef Roy Choi are serving interesting takes on your favorite breakfast foods. Here’s the lowdown on both:
Beer Belly Football Brunch
Just in time for NFL season kickoff, Jimmy Han’s popular beer bar is bringing back its weekend brunch, served Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 3 p.m. Chef Wes Lieberher has created a brand new menu to boot, including banana pancakes topped with Reese’s Pieces, cinnamon-maple-glazed pork belly chips, duck confit hash, an “Everything sauce” Benedict with Duroc ham, and “The Napoleon,” a meat-egg-cheese breakfast sandwich served on “French toasted” English muffins. The pièce de résistance is the Beer Belly breakfast burrito, a massive construction filled with two kinds of cheese, sage potato hash, chili beans, red peppers, cilantro, bacon or sausage, smothered with “Nutella mole gringo sauce” and a sunny-side egg. Pair any of these dishes with one of Beer Belly’s local craft brews on draft and you’ve got a NFL Sunday breakfast worthy of an MVP award.
Breakfast at Commissary
Starting this weekend, Roy Choi’s poolside greenhouse restaurant at The Line Hotel will be serving breakfast starting at 7 a.m. every day (!). The menu takes cues from standard country club fare, but like everything else at Commissary, you can expect a colorful and flavorful twist from Choi. Look for a take on Eggs Benedict made with brioche, a smoked salmon platter with condiments and bagel, buttermilk pancakes, French toast, a sourdough breakfast sandwich with bacon and cheese, steak and eggs with hashbrowns, and tortilla-topped chorizo and eggs with salsa. You’ll also find a tribute to classic Korean-American diners with Spam and scrambled eggs with rice, or congee porridge decorated with a soft egg, soy sauce, and house pickles. And of course, Commissary is getting in on the breakfast burrito action too, although all we can glean about Choi’s version is that it includes “salsa verde” and “love,” according to the menu. To misquote The Beatles, all you really need is love (and salsa verde).
Beer Belly, 532 S. Western Ave., Koreatown, 213-387-2337
Commissary, 3515 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown, 213-368-3030